WABI Weekday Walkers will walk Des Moines Memorial Drive on Wed., Oct. 17


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From our friends at WABI Burien:

Planting elms on Des Moines Memorial Drive in 1921. (Photo from website of Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Assoc.)

Join the WABI Weekday Walkers on Wednesday, Oct. 17 on a transportation segment that is both old and new – Des Moines Memorial Drive, originally a memorial to WWI dead, is also the  location of Burien’s  new segment of the Lake to Sound Trail.  

We’ll walk on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., meeting at the old Sunnydale Elementary School, at S. 156th St and Des Moines Memorial Drive.  The new segment is 1.5 miles to Normandy Road and mostly flat.  We’ll walk to the end then turn around for an easy 3-mile walk.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (always the third Wednesday of the month); meet 5-10 minutes before 9:00 so we can start walking promptly at 9:00 am.

WHERE:  Parking lot of Sunnydale Elementary School at the corner of S 156th St and Des Moines Memorial Drive.

PARKING: There is a limited amount of parking at the Sunnydale parking lot. Park on the side facing S. 156th.

QUESTIONS: Laura Kennedy Gould, 206-753-9485, or [email protected].

More on history: In 1921, the Seattle Garden Club President, Lillian McEwan,  undertook the task of transforming a redbrick highway between Seattle and Des Moines, the High Line Road, into a “Living Road of Remembrance” lined with over 1000 trees to honor World War I dead.  At the time, the road was a major connector between Seattle and Tacoma. Alas, the trees chosen to line the drive were elms, which over the years were decimated by Dutch elm disease and road maintenance.

The Lake to Sound trail segment was dedicated March 10, 2017, as reported in B-Town Blog. Here’s a map of how Segment B will fit into the overall route.  (Click to enlarge.)




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